CHARLOTTE BLUME, our founder (April 12, 1931- May 11, 2016) , "the Princess of Pirouettes" began teaching dance on Fort Bragg in 1957 and opened her own studio in 1959. Charlotte Blume had been teaching and performing in North Carolina for over 40 years. She was the Artistic Director and Choreographer for the School of Dance. Ms. Blume danced in cities all over the state and danced a season for Civic Music. She had worked with the Pittsburg Ballet Theatre, Leonine Massine and Frederick Franklin. She had also been an advisory board member for the Cultural Arts Division of the NC Department of Instruction. Her Choreography for the North Carolina State Ballet in addition to the "Nutcracker", includes "Raymonda", "Stars and Stripes", "Glazunov Variations", "Giselle", "Painting of Degas", "Pas de Quatre", "Les Sylphides", the "Erik Satie Suite" and the "Verdi Seasons". She has staged
"Swan Lake" after Petipa/Ivanov since 1991. "Swan Lake" has become one of the annual Spring Ballets. Ms. Blume was inducted into The Fayetteville Music Hall of Fame on March 25, 2015.
SHEILA KING MITCHELL has been a principal instructor at the Charlotte Blume Studio for over 40 years. She is the Director of Pre-School classes, and teaches beginning to intermediate levels of Ballet, Pre Pointe, Tap and Gymnastics. Ms. Mitchell has attended dance classes in New York at the American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet. She is a charter member of The North Carolina State Ballet Company. Ms. Mitchell has trained with Patricia Wild, Perry Slovick, Alexander Danilian, Charles Kelly, & Al Gilbert. She continues to assist in all aspects of The North Carolina State Ballet Productions and our annual Spring Festival of Dance held in June.
JESSICA FRY MCALISTER is originally from New Orleans where she trained with the Giaccobe Academy of Dance and The New Orleans Youth Ballet. After graduating she was invited to join The Joffrey II Concert Dancers in New York. She has had an extensive professional career traveling throughout the country. Jessica has also worked with Brooklyn Ballet, Hartford City Ballet, and the Montgomery Ballet. She has danced Sugar Plum and Swan Queen for North Carolina State Ballet and has also taught previously under the direction of Charlotte Blume.
ERIC HOISINGTON a Fayetteville native, began his dance training in modern dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He then trained at the Houston Ballet Academy. He has danced for North Carolina Dance Theater, Houston Ballet, Zvi Dance, and Lar Lubovitch. Eric was in the original cast of the Tony Award winning, Jerome Robbins' Broadway before joining the San Fransisco Ballet where he danced for eight years as a soloist. Eric has performed in numerous Opera houses including Houston Grand Opera, San Fransisco and New York's Metropolitan Opera. He continues as an actor and musical theater performer as well as theater set designer and dance teacher. Eric is teaching technique classes on Thursdays!
ELLA LEWIS, a Blume student, has danced since the age of 2 and was trained by Charlotte Blume and Wei Ni. She has danced several roles in the Nutcracker including "Little Clara", "Dew Drop", "Twin Doll", "Columbine", and "Clara Pas de Deux". She also has performed as a Swan and as the "Yellow Bird" in Swan Lake and was a part of Ms. Blume's Tribute Dance. Ella has continued her ballet training every summer with the North Carolina State Ballet Intensive. She is an assistant teacher in ballet, pre pointe, and tap classes. Ella is a memebr of the North Carolina State Ballet.
AUDRA BUSSEY has danced at the Charlotte Blume School of Dance since the age of 3. She has danced several roles in the Nutcracker including: Dew Drop, Chinese, Reeds, Russian, Harlequin and the Soldier Doll just to name a few. Audra continued her training at Winston Salem School of the Arts. She currently teaches Contemporary, Tap, and Hip Hop.
ALYSSA PILGER, is a native of Rochester, NY. Ms. Pilger is a Principal Dancer with Carolina Ballet. At the age of 15 she received her formal ballet training at Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education as a scholarship student. She has competed in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Rhode Island and won first place gold in the senior women classical category. She went on to compete in the NYC Finals where she was invited to perform in the Miami International Ballet Festival. She was also an American Ballet scholarship student and completed her training under Kay Mazzo.